Summer ramps up the amount of activity seen in most households. From the kids playing inside and out to the family coming to stay for a week, the traffic traveling on your carpets will leave its mark! Keeping your carpet clean over the summer requires thought and cooperation on everyone’s part.
Here some tips to help your carpet survive this summer!
Shoes Off in the House
Dirt can easily move from outdoors to indoors on the soles of a person’s shoes. With kids running in and out the door, that dirt is going to find its way into the carpet fibers quickly.
Make it a rule that everyone must take off their outside shoes before traipsing through the house. Provide a place to take the shoes off. Provide clean socks or flip-flops that are worn inside only. A friendly sign will help guide guests on what to do.
Hold Gatherings Outdoors
To minimize the amount of foot traffic over your carpets, take your gatherings outside. Cookouts and picnics are a great way to entertain while minimizing the number of people coming in and out of the house. It also lowers the chance that someone will spill a drink or food on your carpets.
Even with shoes off, some dirt is going to get into the carpet. Regular vacuuming can remove the dirt before it gets ground into the carpet fibers. Make it a habit to vacuum high traffic areas at least a couple of times a week. Lower traffic areas should be vacuumed at least once a week.
Place Rugs Down in High Traffic Areas
Runners and area rugs offer a way to protect your carpets when people are going in and out regularly. They reduce the amount of dirt that gets tracked onto the carpet. When they get dirty, take them outside and shake them down. Before putting them back in place, use a vacuum to remove any remaining dirt.
Make a No Drink or Food on the Carpet Rule
Spilled drinks and food leave a mess behind when dropped on a carpet. An easy rule to make is that there is no drinks or food allowed on the carpeted parts of the house. That will eliminate the chance that an accidental spill may occur. The rule should be extended to everyone, visitors and family, adults and children.
Clean Spills Immediately
Spills will happen even in the most careful households. Letting a stain sit on the carpet lets it soak into the carpet fibers creating a bigger mess. Blot the area with a cloth to absorb any liquid, then use a carpet spot cleaner to remove any remaining stain. Always select carpeting that has stain protector integrated into the carpet.
Have the Carpets Professionally Cleaned
Professional cleaning will freshen up the fibers and remove any dirt left in the deepest layers. It helps extend the life of the carpet and protects its beauty for years to come.
If you need professional carpet cleaning, call True North Cleaning Professionals today. We are the top rated carpet cleaning service in all of Whatcom County!